Jason Franco

Jason Franco

With a professional career spanning over 3 decades, Jason is certainly no new kid on the block. Starting as a dancer / singer / actor then transitioning into choreography / direction and most recently writing, he has a wealth of experiences to draw from.

The Littlest Prince

It’s safe to say that theatre has always been a driving force in Jason’s life. He was 5 years old when he was lifted onto the stage to sing ‘Delta Dawn’ at his first audition for ‘The King and I’. He got the show and was cast as the littlest prince. Jason continued doing shows with local theatre groups including The Grand Theatre, London, ON and The Port Stanley Summer Theatre.

School Years

Upon entering high school, Jason’s involvement with theatre continued. During these years Art Fidler, his drama teacher, encouraged Jason to be an active part of the drama department at Oakridge Secondary School. He became drama club president and choreographed his first musicals, ‘Viet Rock’ and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. Art also organized an annual March break trip to New York City in which Jason participated for several years. 

Fresh Out of the Gate

Upon graduation it became clear to Jason that pursuing a career in theatre was the next logical step. Quickly, he started building his resume. The movie musical ‘Sing’ starring Patti LaBelle was his first professional credit. Jason also began dancing at Canada’s Wonderland and for Royal Caribbean International, both associations that would continue for many years.

Sharing the Love

In early 2004, after Jason’s career had already taken him to New York, London’s West End and around the world, an opportunity to teach and choreograph at a youth summer program in Vancouver, BC presented itself. He jumped at the chance to teach and inspire young performers like so many people had done for him. This opened the door to many more teaching experiences which included most notably The Randolph Academy of Performing Arts in Toronto.

A New Direction

For the next decade or so, Jason’s focus shifted from performance to teaching, choreography and direction. His work on ‘Debbie Does Dallas – the musical” earned him the Ovation Award for Outstanding Choreography of a Musical. That same year a staged concert production of ‘Sunday in the Park with George’, which Jason directed, won the Ovation Award for Outstanding Concert.

Evolution of a Passion

Recent years have seen Jason’s career shift once again with an emphasis on show creation and writing. The first show he created, ‘Come Together’, was based on the music of the Beatles and played at The Segal Centre in Montreal, QC in 2014. More recently two shows that Jason wrote, directed and choreographed, ‘Music Awards’ and ‘A Love Story’, have played at Hillside Beach Club, Turkey for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  Jason’s musical revue called ‘Get Happy – Celebrating Judy Garland’ is set to be presented late 2019. In addition to ‘Get Happy’, Jason is currently writing an original musical  and continues to create entertainment for various companies around the world.

 

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